[OS X TeX] PPC to Intel
bkerstetter at mac.com
Thu Jun 9 00:40:05 CEST 2005
On Jun 8, 2005, at 4:57 PM, mark oilcan wrote:
> --- Maarten Sneep <maarten.sneep at xs4all.nl> wrote:
>> On 8 Jun 2005, at 12:25, Gerben Wierda wrote:
>>>> ...and so the question, for those who know best, will the
>>>> from PowerPC to Intel be painless, as far as TeX (and all the
>>>> apps that we so cherish) is concerned?
>>> Regarding the backend most people use on Mac OS X: I have already a
>>> that TeX Live compiles fine on an Intellimac.
>> I would expect the 'Intellimac' (first time I hear this name) to be
> Personally, I would prefer Macintel as I don't particularly see any
> reason to associate the word "intelligent" with a Mac using an Intel
> cpu. Not that it's a big deal or anything....
I was pretty impressed with the "little boy-ish" attitude of the
Intel CEO during the WWDC keynote. He seemed genuinely excited about
this. Intel is possibly looking forward to working with a fun
company. MS and Dell are okay, but they are also business-grey-
boring. Apple is business-color-cool.
I don't know, but maybe Intel is pushing the envelope and maybe IBM
has lost its edge. I used to work for IBM. At the time (1980-89) a
lot of the staff were star trek-ish futuristic smart---I mean one of
my colleagues programmed the fuel flow simulator for the Saturn V in
assembly language and fortran---and it was not unusual to work with
this caliber of people in both hardware and software. I get the
impression that is not the case any longer. They appear to be
becoming sort of a software service company. I really don't know what
happens at IBM these days when it comes to hardware development, but
Apple is obviously not impressed.
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